Panama City receives first installment of FEMA money

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Panama City is seeing the first of some much needed relief from FEMA.

The city was awarded more than $1.8 million Wednesday to go toward reimbursing the cost of emergency protective measures, which include damage to structures such as lift stations or police stations.

City officials say this isn’t just a big deal for the city but its residents as well.

Panama City Mayor Greg Brudnicki said, “The residents, we don’t want them to hear the brunt of these costs. We knew we were going to start getting paid, it was just a question of when. So today starts the flow.”

Officials say the city applied for $25 million total and they say this is the first installment.